Adam's Venture Episode 1: The Search For The Lost Garden
A unique combination of action oriented gameplay and classic puzzle solving
User reviews: Mixed (158 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 1, 2010
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Includes: Episode 1: The Search For The Lost Garden, Episode 2: Solomons Secret, Episode 3: Revelations


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"This is a very well put together game that may be of consideration if you enjoy puzzles and are willing to give them a couple hours of your time"
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About This Game

Adam's Venture is a new action & exploration game. Brought to life from a third person perspective with the Unreal 3™ engine, adventure gamers are in for a real visual treat.

Set during the 1920’s, Adam’s Venture delivers a unique combination of action oriented gameplay with classic puzzle solving, that takes you on an epic journey to the middle East to discover the legendary Lost Garden of Eden – but an ancient evil tries to prevent you from succeeding...

The Search for the Lost Garden will be the first episode in the Adam's Venture series and introduces you to young explorer Adam Venture. Deciphering relics in an old Templar Church, Adam uncovers memoirs written long ago by a crusader who fought with Richard the Lionheart in the Holy Lands. The memoirs tell of a mysterious place with labyrinths of caves and grottos guarding the headwaters of four great rivers. Could this place be the legendary lost Garden of Eden? This discovery sets off a great adventure. Accompanied by Professor Jacques Saint Omair, and his girlfriend Evelyn, the team embarks on an epic adventure fraught with mystery, intrigue and danger in their quest to find the legendary birth place of humanity.

Key Features:

  • First game of the episodic series.
  • Uses motion capture technology for realistic animations.
  • Developed using the critically acclaimed Unreal® EngineTM 3.
  • Brilliantly rendered in vivid 3D for striking visuals and truly stunning environments.
  • Non-violent, family friendly gameplay.
  • Rich and involving storyline that weaves a classic adventure with historical overtones.
  • Physically interact with objects and your surroundings, to really absorb yourself into the atmosphere.
  • Challenging puzzles and action oriented game-play brings a whole new depth and feel to the adventure genre.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 2000, XP
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 2.0 GHz or equivalent AMD
    • Memory: 512 MB
    • Hard Disk Space: 1 GB
    • Video Card: Pixel Shader 3.0 Card required *
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Additional: *All laptop models were not tested and some may not provide features adequate to meet the
      intense hardware requirement.
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Pentium Dual core or equivalent AMD
    • Memory: 1024 MB
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Adam's Venture is a simple puzzle adventure game that has an Uncharted feel, yet has no action and has very repetitive puzzles. The game is broken up into 3 episodes, where each episode is about 90 minutes long. The character's movement is glitchy which can cause some issues during some platforming sequences. The graphics and voice acting are OK, however if you're looking for an adventure game you should look towards games made by TellTale or LucasArts.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
It's not horrible but it's not my favorite. The story is understandable, there aren't any bugs I encountered, and the controls aren't bad. The graphics weren't awful for an adventure game. It's clearly inspired by the scenes from Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade where he has to go through the three tests. The premise itself was pretty solid.

What I disliked about this game was the lack of variety in the puzzles. There are basically 3 or 4 main types of puzzles in this game (with maybe a couple others) and they all look exactly the same, they just get harder. I found them either frustratingly difficult or so easy it wasn't even a challenge. None of them felt "just right" where I got that "aha!" moment. It felt like it wasn't playtested, or if it was, maybe not enough.

The dialogue is mostly fine but some of it was awkward. The protagonist attempts to make jokes, but they really miss the mark and I didn't find them funny.

What took me so long to play this is that I couldn't figure out the first puzzle of the entire game so it just sat in my Library. For me that was the hardest one in the game. Once I looked up how to do it a year after I bought it, it was fine.

All in all I would say it might have potential in future episodes but this one as is I wouldn't recommend.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
I really wanted to like this game.
It got a rather good rating on the store, it came recommended by other Adventure Game fans and the screenshots did not look bad.
This game falls short on quite a few levels that it really should not have.
  • The in your face religious atmosphere is the first. I have no problems with my adventure games flirting with religion. After all, religion is where all good legends come from and has long been tied to the genre. But this game really offers nothing but it's religious tones. Not a message or anything, just a lot of quotes a character Adam and his maybe-girlfriend Evelynn, the seven days of God's creating of the world brought in the most clunky way ever, etc.
  • The graphics aren't very good once the game has started. Characters don't move like people should, textures sometimes take an insulting long time to load or won't load until you're very close, lighting sometimes disappears and then reappears, etc.
  • The puzzles are insultingly easy.
  • The game is very short - but for its price I cannot blame it.
Really the puzzles are what broke the game for me. I could forgive the story that isn't and the graphics that aren't if the puzzles, the core of the Adventure Game Genre, were at least good. But they are not.

I honestly think you can get better bang for your buck and games that are at least games. With similar imaging even, should that be your cup of tea.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
Adam's Venture is a third person adventure game with puzzles and some platforming. The graphics are decent, controls fairly well and the story is interesting. 6/10
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39 of 43 people (91%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 17, 2014
I bought every Adam's Venture game for $1.74. Ill tell you this, I wish I hadn't. The game itself goes on for maybe 1 hour or 2, and just feels like a very cheap knock off of Uncharted. As for the story, heres how it goes: You are Adam Venture (sooo funny) and with your girlfriend Eve, you go in search of the lost garden of Eden. Aside from the not-so-subtle Biblical references, the game throws passages from the bible at you via word puzzles, which honestly are too easy to be called puzzles. And even so, the puzzles might be the best thing about it; the controls for this game are worse than Tomb Raider (1996), and that's saying something for a game released in 2009. The graphics leave something to be desired, though the pretty shading and lighting effects from Unreal Engine 3 makes the bland, low quality meshes and textures look somewhat decent, and defintely more appealing than the animation, voice acting and the lip-syncing.

Overall, if you could spend your money on anything else, spend it on that. This game is just a cheap, preachy excuse for a game.
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